Monday, February 27

Stained Glass

 

 
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Inside Gaudi's Sagrada Familia fantasy travels at the speed of light. Stained glass windows are so sophisticated and futuristic in design that for a moment you might think you are dwelling Tolkien's most surrealistic dreams.
Original pictures were a little bit out of focus so I decided to enhance the glass and soften the wall color for a more striking effect.
If you want to know more about stained glass check entry at Wikipedia Posted by Picasa

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Sunday, February 26

Eager for Light

Eager for Light
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Picture taken on my way to market. To see a plant that size, out of the wall searching for the light of the sun against the sky so blue gave me new strength for the rest of the day. Posted by Picasa

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Saturday, February 25

Two Little Nuns


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On my way to the market of Horta I saw these two nuns in a narrow alley and I thought it would make a nice picture.

Friday, February 24

Carnival in Barcelona




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Carnival is a name for any kind of revelry or festivity. By tradition, it is the season just before Lent celebrated by merrymaking, processions, dancing, and feasting. During Carnival week masked balls, processions of decorated floats through the streets, costume parades, and feasting generally mark the celebration. The word "carnival" probably comes from the medieval Latin carnelevarium, meaning to take away or remove meat (in the past, Catholics were forbidden to eat meat during the 40 days of Lent). The first day of the carnival season varies from country to country. Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, from the custom of using up meat and fats in the home before Lent, here in Spain is Fat Thursday.
Barcelona's Carnival is not very important, there is no central parade - individual districts organise and hold their own. At night-time, during the week before Ash Wednesday the streets are full of people dressed up and many parties are held (the most popular of which is usually held in the Spanish Village - Poble Espanyol - on the Saturday night). During the day children's carnivals are organised and most schools let the children go in fancy dress on the Friday before Ash Wednesday. These pictures illustrate the latter:
(via  Carnival in Spain, thanks Pat)

Thursday, February 23

Sagrada Familia: The Passion Façade

Passion Façade detail

Passion Façade detail
Passion Façade detail
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